Activities of Daily Living (ADL):
A term for tasks such as bathing, dressing, transferring, walking, eating, using the toilet and grooming. “Instrumental Activities of Daily Living” include use of the telephone, shopping, meal preparation, housework, laundry, taking medications and managing money.
Acute Care: Hospital service within a limited time frame.
Adult Day Care: A temporary daytime placement provided for people who need supervision.
Alzheimer’s Disease: The most common form of dementia. It is progressive and irreversible. The person will demonstrate a gradual impairment of memory, thinking, recall, judgment, communication, perception and insight.
Ambulatory: Ability to walk.
Ambulatory with assistance: Mobilizing with a cane, walker or wheelchair.
Ancillary Service: Extra services which are not included in the basic rate of a facility.
Anti-Anxiety Medications: A tranquilizing drug which has a calming or soothing effect.
Anti-Depressant Medication: A drug that stabilizes mood.
Anti-Psychotic Medication: A more powerful group of tranquilizing drugs.
Assisted Living Facility (ALF): Also known as Residential Assisted Living Facility (RALF). Housing for individuals who need some assistance with activities of daily living. There is 24- hour- a-day staff to assist with resident needs and some medical care.